Phospho-Regulation of Meiotic Prophase

Funda M. Kar, Andreas Hochwagen

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Germ cells undergoing meiosis rely on an intricate network of surveillance mechanisms that govern the production of euploid gametes for successful sexual reproduction. These surveillance mechanisms are particularly crucial during meiotic prophase, when cells execute a highly orchestrated program of chromosome morphogenesis and recombination, which must be integrated with the meiotic cell division machinery to ensure the safe execution of meiosis. Dynamic protein phosphorylation, controlled by kinases and phosphatases, has emerged as one of the main signaling routes for providing readout and regulation of chromosomal and cellular behavior throughout meiotic prophase. In this review, we discuss common principles and provide detailed examples of how these phosphorylation events are employed to ensure faithful passage of chromosomes from one generation to the next.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number667073
JournalFrontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
StatePublished - Apr 13 2021


  • checkpoint
  • kinase
  • meiosis
  • phosphatase
  • prophase
  • recombination
  • synapsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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